Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Planning & Eating From the Pantry

With our recent home purchase/remodel, and attempting to sell our old place, finances have been so tight they squeak! In the end, we will be in a much better financial position- but for the meantime, things are rough. I've been trying to find ways to save money, and stretch the few allotted dollars we have. For several years I've read blogs that demonstrate meal planning, coupon shopping, and using up things from the pantry. I can blame nothing but laziness for not attempting them before now. Couponing seems too overwhelming for me at the moment, but I thought I could take inventory of our pantry and see what I could come up with! I love cooking so this should be an interesting challenge.

Menu Plan Monday

B toast with homemade jam, yogurt, banana, milk
L out to eat with mom and sister ( I didn't pay so it doesn't count! :) )
D mexican scrambled egg burritos, broccoli, iced tea
B oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, milk or tea
L turkey sandwiches, carrot sticks, water
D pb & j sandwich @ work, turkey sandwich/chips/carrot sticks for hubby at home
B scrambled eggs & toast, banana, milk or apple juice
L tomato soup & grilled cheese
D grilled salmon, broccoli, rice
B cold cereal, yogurt, milk or juice
L pb & j sandwich taken to work, carrot sticks, granola bar
D honey ham, garlic potatoes, frozen mixed veggie blend
B oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar, milk or tea or juice
L chicken noodle soup, canned peaches
D ham/cheese/potato crockpot dinner, frozen mixed veggie blend
B cold cereal for hubby, yogurt & toast + banana (taken to work for me), at home for baby
L turkey sandwich taken to work and carrots, leftovers for hubby & baby
D homemade pizza, salad, homemade garlic bread
B lemon poppyseed muffins, bananas, milk/coffee/juice/tea
L sandwich + carrots for me @ work, leftovers for hubby & baby
D dinner @ my parents house

Whew! While that was certainly not the most creative menu I've ever made, it does utilize the things I have in the cupboard and fridge/freezer right now. I can probably spend $10 or less this week buying things to make meals. We were given a ginormous ham from my parents, so I'm sure we will be sick of ham by the end of the week but it will certainly stretch! We'll see how the week goes!

1 comment:

VanderbiltWife said...

I love having a week of "cleaning house" every once in awhile. My freezer usually needs it the worst! Plus I have a miniscule pantry, so everything in there needs to be eaten! May be time for another one of those weeks soon.